LIXIL, a maker of pioneering water and housing products, has appointed the Grande Centre Point Sukhumvit 55 in Bangkok, designed by Mr. Thanawat Sukhaggananda, as the Grand Winner of the DREAM SPALET DESTINATION COMPETITION.
The competition recognises architects and designers who utilised the SPALET – a bidet that merges together the Zen-like SPA experience with the functionalities of a western toilet – in their hospitality projects.
Mr. Thanawat Sukhaggananda, interior designer at the Interior Vision Company Limited, won the first prize for his bathroom design at the Grande Centre Point Sukhumvit 55 in Bangkok. Known as Thailand’s largest Onsen hotel, the pure indulgence at the spa extends to the bathrooms of the hotel rooms and suites.
Inspired by Buddhist philosophy, the restrooms feature American Standard’s Eurozen shower toilet, offering guests a complete personal cleansing experience with spa-like features, much like a personal sanctuary. The experience is not only pleasant for its users, but also for the environment, as the Eurozen’s automatic flushing function can detect the type of flush needed based on the time spent on the toilet, helping save water and reducing the use of tissue paper.
The winner was announced at the gala night of the first-ever LIXIL SPALET ICONIC TOUR, an exclusive gathering of top architects and designers, including the five finalists of the contest, that took place in Nagoya, Japan.
For two days, guests immersed in the world of SPALET in an exclusive itinerary that included a visit to the LIXIL showroom and a stopover at the INAX Museum, where visitors learned about INAX’s unique history as the pioneering brand in SPALET technology.
LIXIL hosted the tour and launched the competition to help more architects and designers derive inspiration on how the SPALET offers limitless possibilities to enrich their hospitality projects in the region.
“This award has encouraged me to develop and take my artwork design to greater heights, I am extremely delighted that the committee has selected my project,” shared the winner of the DREAM SPALET DESTINATION COMPETITION, Mr. Thanawat Sukhaggananda. “My intention was to create an outstanding experience for the users, including comfort, sanitation and water conservation. Today, toilets are not used for cleaning purposes only, water also provides relaxation and freshness, so I thought the SPALET was the most suitable choice for the new standards in the region.”
Mr. Sitthirat Watcharaporn, General Manager of LIXIL Water Technology added: “SPALET products have been designed with full functionalities of automated fixtures to enable users to have a luxury spa experience. The product perfectly responds to the needs of all users, in terms of comfort, ease of use, and cutting edge technologies.
By introducing the SPALET to more architects and designers and showcasing hospitality projects that made full use of them, LIXIL believes that architects and designers will appreciate how limitless design possibilities are so that more lives stand to be benefited, not just in terms of personal hygiene, but more importantly, for our over-all well-being.”